New Orleans casinos see increase in January overall, but one in the city saw a decrease _lowres


Despite a slight drop in winnings at Harrah’s, the New Orleans casino market brought in 2.5 percent more in January than it did the year before.

The three riverboats, Harrah’s land-based casino and slots at the Fair Grounds brought in $51.4 million in January, compared with nearly $50.2 million in winnings in January 2014, according to figures released Thursday by State Police.

The gain happened despite a 2.2 percent drop in winnings at Harrah’s, which accounts for the biggest share of the Crescent City casino market. The casino took in $26.2 million in January, compared with $26.8 million the year before.

Both the Amelia Belle and Treasure Chest riverboat casinos saw their winnings increase by 12 percent over January 2014, making them the biggest gainers in the market. Treasure Chest brought in $8.1 million, compared with $7.3 million in January 2014, while Amelia Belle brought in nearly $4.4 million, compared with almost $3.9 million.

Boomtown New Orleans had a 1.8 percent increase in winnings, going from nearly $8.6 million to more than $8.7 million in January.

The slots at the Fair Grounds race track were up by 9.1 percent in January, bringing in nearly $4 million.

Statewide, the 15 riverboats, four racetrack slot casinos and Harrah’s land-based casino brought in nearly $219.9 million in January, 16.7 percent better than the nearly $188.5 million the gambling halls won the year before.

However, January’s numbers were inflated by the Golden Nugget Lake Charles, which opened in December. Taking out the $23.2 million take from the Golden Nugget, state casinos would have brought in nearly $196.7 million.

The Golden Nugget helped make Lake Charles the largest casino market in the state, with more than $78.2 million in winnings coming from the three riverboats and Delta Downs slots. That was more than 50 percent above what the market brought in during January 2014.

Winnings in the Baton Rouge casino market rose by 8.6 percent in January when compared with the year before. The three riverboats brought in $23.1 million in January, compared with almost $21.3 million in January 2014.

Shreveport-Bossier City was up 1.9 percent, with the six riverboat casinos and the slots at the Harrah’s racetrack bringing in nearly $59.4 million.

The Opelousas market, represented by the slots at Evangeline Downs, was up by 14.9 percent to $7.7 million.

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